Micro Luggage lets travelers scoot through the airport
Micro Luggage combines a handlebar suitcase with a mini scooter
The Micro Luggage from Swiss company Micro Mobility is designed to help with that last minute dash to the boarding gate. Either that or it will attract the attention of airport security so that you miss your flight all together – provided they can catch you. Either way, the luggage, which combines a wheeled suitcase with a micro scooter, is sure to turn heads in the departure lounge.
When a traveler feels the need for speed, they can fold down a built-in kickboard deck from the back of the case, grab hold of the height-adjustable handlebar and push themselves along on hard rubber (polyurethane) wheels. Because the handlebars and wheels don't turn, steering is done by leaning in the direction you want to go.
Designed to carry a a maximum load of 100 kg (220.5 lb), the Micro Luggage is intended for short trips of one or two nights away. Measuring 22 inches (55.9 cm) high, 13.5 inches (34.3 cm) wide and 10 inches (25.4 cm) deep, it should fit in a standard size overhead luggage compartment.
On the inside, Micro Luggage features a separate compartment for a laptop, another one for business cards and another for folders, which should keep business travelers happy since they can access their office materials without rummaging through their clothes.
Micro Mobility's Wim Ouboter developed the system in conjunction with travel luggage specialist Samsonite and has targeted its product at those travelers who want to glide their way to the security check point before everyone else. Shy, retiring types and drug couriers will probably want to steer clear of the Micro Luggage as it is sure to attract plenty of attention.
Micro Luggage is retailing for US$249.99 and the video below shows the product in action.
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This suitcase has been in department stores (in tokyo) for at least a year now. Ive been eyeing one ever since I saw it, just havent really had any reason to spend the money getting one.
I really do like this idea, BUT similar to the fact that skateboarders are typically banned in public places I feel the same about this product. The speed at which you can attain with this product is simply not conducive nor safe in a busy airport environment. Great idea, wrong environment.
I agree, cool idea but I wouldn't really look right on one.
Seems a great idea and one I'd certainly like but you do not say how much it weighs.
So often I seem to find that cases themselves add their own hefty weight to use up the airline baggage allowance - and with controls on hand baggage this could be in important factor. Also one has to consider its total weight when hoisting it into or out of an overhead compartment.
This is an idea who's time has come! I don't see airports banning them if everybody started using them, they would just be excepted as part of the the environment? :-)
The perfect complement would be a pair of straps, in order to carry it as a backpack in crowded places..... Then it would be perfect for high schoool and college students as well. Also would be advisable to add some kind of buzzer to the handle, so you let any distracted by-passer you are racing through...!
Extra-benefit: can you imagine how many funny videos this gadget would generate?
Nice design basics: cool lines, neat stowaway wheelbase.
Now for the downside:
The wheelie mechanism takes up a lot of the space assigned to overhead locker space.
The text says "Designed to carry a a maximum load of 100 kg (220.5 lb)". This suggests it has been over-engineered as air;lines permit carry-on luggage only in a range of 7kg—12kg. That added strength might be adding to the weight of the luggage, and hence to the overall weight.
The airports I travel through never have the space for free-wheeling fun as per the video. Looks neat, but my experience is that people with ordinary carry-on luggage just keep blocking my path.
At $249.99 this is an expensive way to cut back on what you can actually carry with you.
Bottom line: fun but not quite right for the airport travel environment.
It would work for me, but it's a bit steep.
Reminds me of Trunki kids cases: http://www.trunki.co.uk/EN/categories/trunki_2
For kids up to about 5 they are fantastic - just sit them on it and pull them along, get them to pull it themselves when they're bigger. Particularly useful in airports that require you to endure a half-marathon to get to the gate (I'm looking at you, Easyjet at Gatwick!).
I understood the weight limit to be that of the rider.
Can I ride it all the way to my hotel too? :)
Airports, college campuses, business parks can all be crowded, but not all the time. I can see using this to make the dash from long-term airport parking to the shuttle, or from short-term parking to the terminal, and back. There are similar units on the market. As for me, I need the exercise, at least until I get below 100 Kilos.
Bruce H. Anderson
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